The reflection today comes from David Wheeler. Thank you David!
A father was working in the garden one day when his little boy came and asked him if he could help. Being a wise father he thought “what can I give him to do that will, at the same time, teach him something?”.
“Take this sieve to the water butt and fill it and bring it to me” he said. The little boy ran off, pleased to be of help. After three attempts to fill the sieve he came back to his father and sorrowfully reported that he couldn’t fill the sieve.
“Ah,” said his father, “but see how clean it is!”.
Some of us may be developing memories like sieves but don’t worry!
Jesus said to his disciples, in John 15 v 3 “Now you are clean through the Word which I have spoken to you “.
This is not a new message, In Psalm 119 v 9 the Psalmist asks, rhetorically, “How can a young man cleanse his way?”. And also gives us the answer, “By taking heed according to Your Word.”.
We should not underestimate the cleansing power of the Word of God.
My memory is nothing like it was. But not to worry, the point of Bible reading is not (no longer) primarily to remember as much of it as we can but to keep ourselves clean; and of course this is not referring to outward cleanliness but to the cleanliness of our hearts which God requires.
In another place the Psalmist tells us to hide God’s Word in our hearts so that we might not sin against Him. How much more glorifying to God it is if what comes out of our hearts is rooted in His Word which is hidden there, than so much of what our hearts generate if left to themselves.
So the lesson for me in all this is keep on with the reading of God’s Word, especially the Words of Jesus which keep us clean, even if I can’t remember it all.